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Monday, July 27th. Another from the Grounds for Sculptor, Hamilton, N.J. SOOC.
February 3, 2009
07-26-09  MMW  Idea and inspiration from Manny Librodo's work...and a special thanks to Mili (the model) and Bindu (for assistance).   Strobist: SB24 through umbrella from behind model. SB800 through softbox above and in front of model.   1. If you had to choose a different career what would you choose and why? Social work – I’m not sure if that’s a career, but that’s what I really want to do and will do some day. I think there is nothing to beat the satisfaction of helping those who need it the most. My particular interest is in helping underprivileged children in developing nations get an education.  2. What is your favourite cuisine? Why? Chinese food - there are many versions and I like them all. Having lived in Shanghai for a year I enjoyed authentic Chinese food, having grown up in India I've always loved Indian Chinese, and lately even American Chinese will do :-)  3. Do you believe in love at first sight? I think it depends on the kind of love. For non platonic adult love - not really. Having a pleasant face is always nice, but love is a complex and deep emotion that has very little to do with the way one looks. It takes time for love to happen and grow. For parental love – yes. Each time I saw the faces of my kids for the first time I fell in love, but even that love grows and deepens with time.  4. What is the most philanthropic deed you have done? Spent a day with the elderly in an old age home in India. That’s when I realized that there is no joy like helping a helpless human being….or animal for that matter.  5. What kind of music do you like? Having been a dancer for most of my life, having lived in India, and being married to a musician, music has always played an important role in my life and I like almost all kinds – my favorites are contemporary jazz, slow rock, R&B, and some Bollywood music!  Sorry I haven't had a chance to catch up on the dailies - been trying to revamp my page.  Hope to do so in the next couple of days..
"Sun kissed wheat fields"  Call me crazy ! But nothing can beat the feeling of standing in between those wide spread wheat fields , stretching one's arms open and taking a deep breath looking at the sunny blue sky :-)   	 	   “Happiness comes of the capacity to feel deeply, to enjoy simply, to think freely, to risk life, to be needed.” ~ Storm Jameson ~
PollenMaker-3503    Shot this today while on a break from mowing the yard.  I hate mowing so I keep the camera handy as a diversion just in case I run across anything interesting.  And, as luck would have it, I did.  I ran across a really cool looking grasshopper.  Unfortunately, he was a little too disfigured from the mower to be a much of a macro model - poor guy.  : (        Then I saw this pine flower on a low hanging branch and thought it might be an interesting subject for a closeup.    Shot handheld with the 70-200 and 36mm extension tube.  I'll likely try this again with the tripod, on a day with no wind, for a little more sharpness and DOF.
I have many many rose shots to share but this one keeps tugging at me. Taken outside our favorite coffee shop.  Geraniums are loving the cooler weather this year. June 19/13
April 17, 2008    Looking for a handout.
09/07/09 - The boys and I went to a local private zoo yesterday called Noah's Landing.  This place is all about hands-on learning and interaction with the animals.  The NC Wildlife Rescue Center out of Sandford was onsite with some of their rescue birds, and this Great Horned Owl was amongst them.  I've only ever seen a Great Horned Owl in the wild once, and that was just a silhouette on a power line, so I was ecstatic to get to see one THIS CLOSE.      The boys and I had a superb time.  We got to touch an alligator, skunk, opossum and more.  We will go back!    I put up a blog post about our visit here:  http://maryanng.blogspot.com    Besides the great horned owl, they had a red-tailed hawk, a black vulture, a screech owl, and a barred owl.  Wow!      Thank you all so much for receiving my black swallowtail picture so well yesterday:-)  I took a picture of a red-spotted purple yesterday on the way to Noah's Landing, and that just might be tomorrow's POTD.     I hope you are enjoying the holiday!    Maryann
Memory of Innisfree - I created this image for the last Dgrin megachallenge, which I was honored to get to participate in.  The original shot was of the waterwheel and shed like building.  I then added the water and, finally, added the brush and hand, which was cut out of another shot.  Then I gave the image some treatments that I thought made it look more like a painting.  I'd forgotten about the image when I came across it today and decided I'd like for you all to see it.  Thanks for the comments on my little macro shot of the branch and place where the pine cone had fallen off.  Hope your week has started off well and that it continues to go well.
This guy was very in-tuned with my camera, every time he heard the shutter he looked and came a bit closer....last time he moved. my chair was in reverse! (Pidippus princeps, Jumping spider) Day 300 #365Project (2010.10.27) @sharkbayte  Thank you for all the kind comments on the past few days pictures!
1/19/09  AMERICAN GOLDFINCH (of course, details are better larger :-))  I'm still loving capturing birds on my little tree.  It's quite a challenge to get one sitting still long enough to capture it.  This was taken through the open kitchen window, leaning over the sink...freezing my fingers off...but well worth the pain and suffering. ;-)
June 11, 2008    Reflections of my world.     I was taking pictures of Gabe and his brother Gregory and this was the only one in the shot and the reflections I thought were kinda cool.    Just a note to all of you for your constant up lifting on my dailies. This is such a nice place to be everyday. I try to get something worthy everyday but just end putting up the best of what I took even if it isn't great technically it might be something special or meaningful. Oh well...I'll shut up now. Just wanted to say thanks.
Oct 7: Up close and personal I went out for my walk at lunch yesterday with the intension of getting a better shot of the spider from yesterday.  I had my SB800 on the bracket so to light the subject better than the onboard flash.  I did and I got some flowers and I saw this honey bee.  I think I chased him around for quite a while but it was worth the effort.  I got really close before he flew off on the last few shots.  The sun gave me front lighting and I used the flash for side fill light.  It was a fantastic day at lunch with over 100 pictures taken.  I have never done that in 30 min before. Have a great day!
April 8, 2011-This large Eastern Carpenter bee and company have set up house on the ramp, right outside my door. Whenever I come out there they hover on either side of me and then start to chase each other and sometimes me off the ramp. I have been trying to capture them but the minute I focus on them they fly off. Not today! (Day 98:365 @sharkbayte)
Rufous Treepie  No PP except for a bit of a crop.     Shot at Ranthambhore national park     The Rufous Treepie (Dendrocitta vagabunda) is an Asian treepie, a member of the Corvidae (crow) family. It is long tailed and has loud musical calls making it very conspicuous. It is found commonly in open scrub, agricultural areas, forests as well as urban gardens. Like other corvids it is very adaptable, omnivorous and opportunistic in feeding.    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ranthambhore_National_Park    http://www.tigerwatch.net/    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rufous_Treepie    www.javeri.net
Monday, July 27th.
Another from the Grounds for Sculptor, Hamilton, N.J.
SOOC.

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Monday, July 27th. Another from the Grounds for Sculptor, Hamilton, N.J. SOOC.
Monday, July 27th.
Another from the Grounds for Sculptor, Hamilton, N.J.
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